Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

AUGUST 3, 2004 BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: AUGUST 3, 2004

SUBJECT: BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT

Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Review the current status of border issues and provide direction to Staff, as appropriate.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This month’s report includes:

  • A status report on the Internet auction of the former Navy housing site in San Pedro;

  • A brief report on requests to extend the public comment period for the 5-year review process for the Palos Verdes landfill site;

  • A final report on a 41-unit seniors-only condominium project on Deep Valley Drive in Rolling Hills Estates;

  • A status report on a 140-unit condominium project on the site of the former fitness center at 28000 South Western Avenue in San Pedro;

  • A status report on an 18-unit mixed-use condominium project on the former McDonald’s site at Silver Spur Road and Crenshaw Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates; and,

  • A status report on a 5,760-square-foot commercial building at the northeast corner of Crest Road and Highridge Road in Rolling Hills Estates.

BACKGROUND

The following is the regular monthly report to the City Council on various "border issues" potentially affecting the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes. The complete text of the current status report is available for review on the City’s website at:

http://www.palosverdes.com/rpv/planning/content/20040803_BorderIssues_StatusRpt.cfm

DISCUSSION

Current Border Issues

South Coast County Golf Course, County of Los Angeles/Rolling Hills Estates

The Mayor forwarded a recent e-mail from Joan Davidson, requesting that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) extend the public comment period for the 5-year review process for the former Palos Verdes landfill site. The Mayor made a similar request of DTSC on behalf of the City. Copies of these e-mails are attached to tonight’s report.

San Pedro Facility Restoration Advisory Board, US Navy/Los Angeles (San Pedro)

The website for the auction of the Navy housing site (http://www.PonteVista.com) was expected to be up and running by the end of July. The property is being marketed to homebuilders through Colliers Seeley, a major international commercial real estate brokerage. The auction is scheduled for later this summer.

Senior Condominiums at 901 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates

The Rolling Hills Estates City Council voted unanimously to approve the project on July 13, 2004. The resolution finalizing this action is expected to be adopted on August 3, 2004. Staff intends to remove this item from the regular Border Issues Status Report unless otherwise directed by the City Council. However, we will continue to follow the progress of the Rolling Hills Estates Downtown Master Plan, which envisions increased residential and mixed-use development elsewhere in the Peninsula Center district.

Condominiums at 28000 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles (San Pedro)

As a follow-up to the June 8th meeting with Staff and Rolling Hills Riviera residents, The Westgate Group forwarded a traffic generation forecast analysis for the proposed 140-unit condominium project on July 13, 2004. This analysis assumes the operation of the existing, vacant fitness center as the baseline condition for the comparison of trips generated by the proposed project. According to this analysis, the proposed condominiums would result in net increases in average daily trips (ADT) and AM peak-hour trips of 219 trips and 44 trips, respectively, and a net decrease in PM peak-hour trips of 1 trip. Apparently, these trip-generation rates are below the thresholds set by the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) for a "full-blown" traffic study (i.e., projects resulting in increases of either 500 ADT or 43 PM peak-hour trips). The developer’s representative has also restated their interest in improving the existing intersection of Fitness Drive and Western Avenue and/or taking access from the signalized intersection at Western Avenue and Avenida Aprenda.

Mixed-Use Condominiums at 981 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates

Staff forwarded comments on this project to the City of Rolling Hills Estates on June 30, 2004. On July 6, 2004, the Rolling Hills Estates Planning Commission conceptually approved the project, and was expected to take final action on the project on July 19, 2004. The project will then require approval by the Rolling Hills Estates City Council, although the date of the Council’s review is not yet set. Staff intends to follow the progress of this application and report back to the City Council in the September 7, 2004 Border Issues report.

Office/Retail Building at 5883 Crest Road, Rolling Hills Estates

Staff forwarded comments on this project to the City of Rolling Hills Estates on July 2, 2004. On July 6, 2004, the Rolling Hills Estates Planning Commission conducted a public hearing and directed the applicant to increase the amount of landscaping in the parking lot (one of the variances requested by the project proponent was a reduction in the amount of parking lot landscaping). The revised project is expected to be brought back to the Rolling Hills Estates Planning Commission in early August. Staff intends to follow the progress of this application and report back to the City Council in the September 7, 2004 Border Issues report.

New Border Issues

There are no new Border Issues on which to report at this time.

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, AICP, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:

Les Evans, City Manager

Attachments:

E-mails regarding Palos Verdes landfill (7/22/04 & 7/23/04)

Traffic report for proposed 140-unit condominium at 28000 Western Avenue (7/13/04)

Comments on the Silver Spur Court mixed-use project, 981 Silver Spur Road (6/30/04)

Comments on the Crest Road office building, 5883 Crest Road (7/2/04)